Publications

2011

Garrett Michael C. et al, 2011
Physical Review A, 83, 1

We study the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in a cigar-shaped three-dimensional harmonic trap, induced by the controlled addition of an attractive “dimple” potential along the weak axis.

2009

Meppelink R. et al, 2009
Physical Review A, 80, 4

We observe the formation of shock waves in a Bose-Einstein condensate containing a large number of sodium atoms. The shock wave is initiated with a repulsive blue-detuned light barrier, intersecting the Bose-Einstein condensate, after which two shock fronts appear.

2008

Schnelle S. K. et al, 2008
Optics Express, 16, 3, pp. 1405

We propose and investigate a technique for generating smooth two-dimensional potentials for ultra-cold atoms based on the rapid scanning of a far-detuned laser beam using a two-dimensional acousto-optical modulator (AOM).

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